Ken Kuhlken

Sometime during high school, Ken decided to become an itinerant philosopher, a career path he still intends to pursue if he ever grows wise.
Having come of age influenced by writers of the Beat era and their quest for spiritual transcendence as an approach to living in a world gone wrong; and as his crime stories have gotten him labeled a noir writer, Ken thinks of his work as beat-noir.
His stories, features, essays and columns have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship..
His novels have been widely praised, and honored by awards such as the Ernest Hemingway Best First Novel, the St. Martin's/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel, and the Shamus Best Novel.